Tuesday

30th May 2017

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Germany still taking lion's share of asylum cases

Germany registered 187,000 first-time asylum applications in the second quarter of this year, the European Commission said on Thursday. The figure accounts for 61% of the EU total (305,700) with Italy, France, Hungary and Greece also seeing large numbers. Applications jumped by 132% in Greece compared with quarter one, 118% in Hungary and 65% in Poland. They fell in Nordic states, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Macron and Putin hold uneasy first talks

French and Russian leaders agreed to "strengthen" ties at their first meeting, but exchanged jabs about Russian efforts to influence French elections.

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